Algoma Deanery Week of September 9

Good day!

Thursday, September 12th is the start-up of The White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.); 10:30am-1pm.

Saturday, September 14th is the final day for the season of The Church Closet in the hall of St. George, Echo Bay (159 Church St.); 10am-1pm. There will be a bag sale that day…$5.00 to fill a grocery bag.

Saturday, September 14th is also the Accessories Boutique at the Cathedral (160 Brock St.); 9am-2pm. Scarves, jewelry, home décor…

Coffee Break for Alzheimer’s…throughout September. Please consider collecting money during your fellowship time. This is something with which many of us have had personal experience. Please let me know if you are collecting money – you can either bring it to me (i.e. to the Synod Office marked for “Susan”) or directly to the Alzheimer Society office on Trunk Road.

Hurricane Dorian…The PWRDF is collecting money to send to the Bahamas to offer some relief amidst the mind-boggling devastation of some of their cities and communities. If you’d like to contribute, here is the information from their site:

Donations can be made online at, then click on Emergency Response. Or mail your donation to PWRDF, 80 Hayden Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, M4Y 3G2, or call toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 (do not leave credit card information on a voice mail). You can also give on the go by texting PWRDF to 45678.

Heads Up:  Sunday, September 22nd; 7pm at the Cathedral is “Get ORGANized!”  Everyone in the community is invited to enjoy the beautiful music of the new pipe organ and to learn a little about this amazing instrument. This event is free of charge.  

For Your Devotions:

Monday, September 9th you may observe the memorial of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (transferred from Sunday).  Although information like this is not in our Scriptures, there is a writing dating from about 150 AD which says that Mary’s mother, Anna, was barren until visited by an angel after which, Mary was conceived. You may have noticed that our calendar celebrations are marked on the day of the death of the person being acknowledged but Mary is one of just three people whose birthday is celebrated. To find out why, follow this link:

Tuesday, September 10th is the memorial of Edmund James Peck, a priest and missionary to the Inuit who died in 1924. His life in England got off to a rough start…When he was just 10 years old, his mother died and so he left school to work in a printing plant. He father died three years later. Peck joined the navy and eventually became a missionary headed for the Canadian North. He stayed among the Inuit from 1876-1884 then again in 1885-1892. His three children were born during this second stay. Peck is remembered not only for his evangelism but also for the Gospel texts he distributed in the native language of the Inuit. He notably chose many shamans to become the first Inuit ministers. For more info:

 Friday, September 13th is the memorial of Cyprian, the Bishop of Carthage, martyred in 258. Cyprian has a fascinating and complicated story but I’ll give you a few tidbits. He was born around 200 to wealthy pagan parents and practiced as a lawyer before his conversion to Christianity.  He faced several persecutions from Rome during his time as bishop – during the first one, Cyprian went into hiding and lost his authority and much of his credibility. However, he did redeem himself in the years that followed and in subsequent persecutions. Cyprian did much to establish our current views on the Church and he laid out a convincing position on the importance/authority of bishops within the Church. One of his most famous quotes is “He no longer has God for his Father, who does not have the Church for his mother.” This is found in his treatise On the Unity of the Catholic Church which was actually used later by bishops of Rome to support their jurisdictional prerogatives even though Cyprian had not supported that position. To read more:

Saturday, September 14th is the feast of Holy Cross Day. (By the way, the 14th is the actual day of Cyprian’s martyrdom but we move it one day earlier because of the conflict with this Holy Day). Back in 335, the Emperor Constantine was building structures in Jerusalem on sites associated with Jesus’ crucifixion and tomb. Apparently, Constantine’s mother, Helena, discovered what was believed to be Jesus’ cross. To find out more about the history of this day – and why dishes heavy on basil are cooked today – you can go here:

Have a great week!

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